Sportsvite’s game plan has always been to make it easier and more enjoyable to participate in sports activities. An aspect of the sports experience that we’ve always wanted to tackle is how teammates and group members can easily share payments or fees. It should be easier to pay a brother back!
There are various costs to divvy up for sports activities including league fees, equipment, uniforms, ref costs and field or gym time. Even those watermelon slices are being paid for by someone! It’s often inefficient to collect payments from a large group and it can leave the team captain or group leader in a bind.
Sportsvite is pleased to announce a partnership with Serve from American Express. Serve is a reloadable prepaid account and digital commerce platform that makes it easier for people to pay each other. Serve allows you to organize your money, send and receive funds instantly by email, txt and Facebook, and manage payment requests – all from a single, unified online account.
Serve callouts and links have been integrated throughout the Sportsvite community especially within the use cases that often involve payments. Serve is also promoted through team management features, the Sportsvite Weekly email, and new member account and invite notifications.
Sportsvite is also partnering with many of the top sport leagues and organizations through the LeagueApps platform and the Sportsvite Recreational Sports Network. Notify your league commissioner if your sports organization and its players can utilize Serve. Your league can complete this survey form to be considered for the marketing partnership.
Sportsvite is pumped for the value that Serve brings to our community of sports participants. Here are some of the top benefits that will make it easier to manage your team outside the lines and allow you to focus on what happens on the playing field.
Send & Receive Payments Through Mobile Devices
Players interact with their teammates on the field, not in front of their computers, so it’s important to have a flexible multi-platform solution to share payments. With the Serve mobile app a player can manage their account and send or receive money on the go.
Make Team Purchases With Your Serve Card
When player set up their Serve account they will also receive a reloadable prepaid card that can be used to make purchases wherever American Express® Cards are accepted. This allows your team to keep funds in a Serve account and make purchases using Serve throughout the season.
Create Subaccounts For Teammates or Group Members
A team captain or manager can create Serve subaccounts and then transfer money into and out of the subaccount seamlessly, view spending activity and control access. It’s perfect for paying different fees throughout the season.
It’s free to sign up for a Serve account. It’s also free to make person-to-person money transfers as well as making purchases with your Serve card.
The Sportsvite team was recently introduced to the phenomenon known as Waboba. Waboba is based around a ball that bounces on water and is a highly addicting cross between Water Polo and Ultimate Frisbee.
Waboba has recently announced the International Waboba Federation! With the help of the Sportsvite community, Waboba is looking for league partners and players to pick up their sport and offer games throughout the year.
The game is typically played two ways:
1. With goals - when water conditions are calm: Lakes, Outdoor/Indoor Pool, Beach
Goals are set up either 25m or 50m apart. 4 players from each team are in the water at a time – 1 goalie and 3 spread out in the “field”. The team that scores the most goals wins. Each pass must bounce on the water, even when scoring.
2. No goals – when surf is too active at the beach.
If conditions are too rough, then players play by open water game rules where no goals are used and players must keep the ball away from defending team in order to successfully pass the ball to each team member in order to score a point. The ball cannot be picked up. It must bounce on the water and be caught.
Gametime: 30 mins
Players: Ages 15-35, Coed, 6 players/team
Fun Fact: Tackling is allowed, but not the player who has the ball.
As a IWF league partner, Waboba will offer discount pricing on products and social/marketing support, which includes: prizes for winning teams, listing games/leagues on waboba.com, and spreading the word via Facebook & Twitter.
If you are a league or sports organization interested in adding Waboba to your list of sports offered, please email Jordan@waboba.com to receive a free sample of the Waboba Pro ball and a PDF of the IWF team packet with complete rules.
By now most sports league organizers should know something about SEO. Even if they do, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are effectively driving traffic to their website. There are some simple enhancements that can quickly improve search results to get a website as high up as possible in search results.
Here is why SEO is important for a sports league website.
Discovery – A perspective player interested in a local sports league will often search google by typing in their city/town and the sport. For example, a dude in Kansas City who wants to play flag football might search “Kansas City Flag Football”. They’ll often click on the first result. That should be your league!
Website Promotion and Communication - Even your existing members might not know the URL for your website. So they also will search Google to find the league. For example, a member of Rockville Athletic Sports League might type that into search. It’s important your league website shows up first so there is no confusion and your members can easily find the website.
Add in potential sponsors, marketing partners and local press that may also be trying to connect with local sports leagues and it’s essential to have a highly indexed website.
There is no need to hire consultants or high-priced SEO “gurus” to improve your search ranking. The real key is identifying keywords or phrases and properly implementing them into your website.
Keywords are the search terms used by people who you want to find you league. The goal is to identify these keywords and optimize for them so when a potential customer does their search they will find your league. For most sports league websites, keywords will focus around the local town/city, the specific sport, and terms like “league”, “tournament”, “sport and social club”, etc. You can use a tool like Google Keyword Editor to help see popular searches.
Once you identify your top keywords there are a few simple steps to take that will improve your league website ranking.
1) Website URL
It’s great to have a domain, sub-domains and URL’s that include your keywords. Even if you already have a domain, make sure your new pages have search-engine friendly URL’s by using clear keywords. For example, if your website is wrecksports.com and you are creating a new dodgeball section a great url would be http://dodgeball.wrecksports.com or even http://wrecksports.com/newyorkcity-dodgeball
2) Page Titles
Every web page has a page title. It can usually be viewed at the top of your browser. Most people don’t even notice the page title so it’s real importance is how it influences search rankings. It’s essential to have a unique, keyword focused Title tag on every page. If you want to include your league name, put it at the end.
3) Page Content
The actual content (text) on your web pages is also indexed. Try to incorporate your keywords into the page headers (page title, h1, h2, h3 tags) as well as the body text in a clear, well-written structure. Also, be sure to add meta keywords and meta description into your coded pages. Your website developer or designer might need to help you here. Be sure to ask!
4) Inbound links or Backlinks
Perhaps the most important SEO concept is to get other highly ranked website to link to your website. Google uses links as an indicator of relevancy. Make sure all of your partners are linking to your website and try and find other websites, blog and social media platforms (Digg, Yelp, del.icio.us, Facebook, etc.) to link directly to your website. Linking to your website from your Sportsvite league profile is a great way to build “link juice”. Quality links are also the best way for your site “spidered” so that your pages are indexed and appear in Google.
With these few simple moves you should see an increase in your search traffic. There are more advanced SEO strategies as well. It will make a difference.
If you’re a league organizer, we’re happy to discuss SEO in more detail. Hit us up!
Soccer is the most popular sport in the Sportsvite community. The “Beautiful Game” is fun to play and fun to watch. A neat trend in American soccer is that foreign clubs are increasingly visiting the states to play exhibition matches.
This summer the 2011 Herbalife World Foootball Challenge brings top international teams to the USA as part of the ultimate soccer event.
New Yorkers will have the treat to see Italian Serie A club team Juventus F.C. take on Mexican League team Club America.
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 7:30pm
Place: Citi Field — Flushing, New York
Tickets are available at the Citi Field Box Office or by calling 718-507-8499. They can also be purchased online at www.507tixx.com.
Sportsvite also has a few tickets to give away. So reach out to us if you are interested.
If you’ve ever wanted to run a marathon – or raise money for a charitable cause – Sportsvite’s partnership with Team Contiuum can help you achieve your goals.
Why should you run the ING New York City Marathon with Team Continuum? Because they’re different. Because they will help you train for the race with renowned coaches and trainers. The Team runs together weekly, hosts swim clinics, and will help you make it past the finish line. In fact, a Team Continuum physical therapist actually participates in the training runs and offer advice and helpful tips along the way.
John Hirsch, the Team Continuum coach is a pro triathlete who has competed in multiple Ironman triathlons and has qualified as a USA Triathlon pro/elite. John created Johnhirsch.org a coaching site for multi-sport athletes. John is proud that every athlete that he has coached has finished his or her first marathon. In addition to racing and coaching, John is co-director of Strong Like Bull Training Camps, a part time public interest lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, and a writer for the endurance sports website www.xtri.com. Contact John by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Continuum’s physical therapist, Jason Klein is the Director of Athalon Phsyical Therapy in NYC. Jason participates in TC training runs and is always available to answer runner’s questions and offer advice. Contact Jason by e-mail
Training runs are every Wednesday at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 8am. TC runners meet at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park. Someone will be there to watch your bags and provided bottled water. There will also be a swim clinic organized in August.
Where else do novice and intermediate runners get to interact with a team’s elite runners and learn from their experience? The spirit and camaraderie that results is truly unique. Group training runs are open to anyone, even if you haven’t yet joined Team Continuum, so come on down and run!